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A Toothbrush . . . with Bluetooth?

Merry Christmas everyone! This week I’ve been testing out the new Sonicare app. It works with the newest generation of Sonicare toothbrushes that actually do have Bluetooth. This includes the Diamondclean Smart, which is available at our front desk. Now, I’ll admit that I was skeptical that the app would be much more than a gimmick. I was quite surprised and very impressed by what I discovered. The app is fairly intuitive and well designed. After pairing your toothbrush with your phone (let that sink in for a minute) you start brushing. As the timer counts down, the image guides you to different areas of the mouth, helping you spend the proper amount of time in each area. Even more impressive, it also tells you if you are pressing too hard, risking tooth wear, or if you are moving the brush too much, leaving plaque behind. After you’re done it shows you areas that you missed. During a test run I brushed only the cheek sides of my teeth, and sure enough the app told me to improve my brushing on the tongue side (white is clean, yellow is not). It asks you if you flossed or used a mouth rinse. It also tracks your brushing over time, allowing you to see your progress over time. Impressive!
Now, do I think this is something I will use every night? Probably not. But I do see it as a valuable tool to help our patients perfect their brushing technique. In fact, the best use of it might be for parents to track their kids’ oral hygiene.

If you’re looking for the perfect last-minute gift for your friend, family member, or co-worker with bad breath, I highly recommend one of the new Sonicare toothbrushes!

Hope you enjoyed this week’s blog! 

– from Dr. Garrett Clause

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